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When and How to Take Lorazepam

Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include:
  • Lorazepam comes in tablet, oral liquid, and injectable forms. When used orally, it is usually taken two or three times a day (or sometimes just before bedtime).
  • The medication can be taken with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Lorazepam may cause serious problems if you take it at higher dosages or for a longer period of time than your healthcare provider recommends.

Dosage Information

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your lorazepam dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Lorazepam Dosing for more information.)

Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with lorazepam. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of lorazepam include, but are not limited to:
  • A sleeping or calming effect (known medically as sedation)
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Unsteadiness.
(Click Lorazepam Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider. You can also read about other possible side effects by going to:
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